How Eco-Friendly are eStops?

Posted 4 years ago · 3 minutes to read

October 2, 2018

Digital transport signs are increasing in popularity around the world. According to research by MarketsandMarkets, the global digital signage industry is projected to reach US$32.84 billion by 2023, growing year-on-year from its US$19.61 billion value in 2016. While there are many aesthetic, space-saving, and cost-effective reasons for implementing eStops, their eco-friendly design is often most impressive.

Solar-powered signs require no mains power to run, and the impact of this goes far beyond power consumption:

Sustainable power increases reliability

Bus stops using e-paper technology provide greater reliability than traditional signs, both in accuracy of information and operational efficiency. Real-time digital timetables display travel information for passengers, and can easily be updated to show real-time departures, as well as travel or service updates. Due to the low power consumption of eStops, they require less power to update than traditional electronic signs, and will remain active in times when traditional signage would fail.

This lower power consumption is a result of e-paper technology and the surrounding digital systems which allow for more efficient management. Greater control of your city’s digital signs allows you to schedule sign ‘waking’ times and timetable delivery when it’s needed, reducing power consumption outside of necessary times.

They’re less expensive to operate and service

In addition to their reliability and energy-saving features, eStops reduce the need for temporary road signage. In larger cities, roadworks, service delays or daily arrival and departure times can all affect standard transport timetables – and would require temporary signage to prevent rider confusion. In smaller, rural areas, a minimal amount of signage still requires significant travel to service and maintain.

The beauty of eStops is their ability to reduce the strain on staff and city resources no matter their placement. By using digital signage, cellular networks can instantly update signs with customised content, saving travel time and the limited resources of suburban and rural maintenance teams. For larger cities, this solution could potentially help reduce the thousands of temporary signs required throughout the year.

With their advanced technology, eStops reduce maintenance requirements with tampering and vandalism detection, enabling city services to quickly assess the need for maintenance instantly, and with the greatest level of information.


Their eco-friendly impact is far-reaching

Digital signs and eStops have been improving the transport experience for travellers since they were first implemented, using an automated and intelligent system to manage traffic information and reduce confusion amongst passengers. By now connecting digital signs to the internet, information can be delivered instantly and in real-time to improve commuter happiness.

The United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States have all shown considerable success using digital transport signage, and our own city of Hamilton has streamlined its transport system using solar-powered digital transport signage for more than 10 years, also introducing a number of eStops during the last two years.

Eco-friendly eStops could be easily implemented across urban and remote areas in New Zealand to provide reliable transport information and bus timetables, using our abundance of natural sunlight to reduce energy costs and engage with local communities.

Radiola – eStop public transport solutions

At Radiola, our cost-effective signage solution delivers real-time information to all commuters and travellers, including:

  • Arrivals
  • Service notifications
  • Overcrowded or unavailable buses

Our Single 13” SmartSign features an incredibly durable design, waterproof casing, impact detection and crisp, readable font at any time of the day. Powered by solar, going green has never been easier. Contact Radiola today to learn more about our smart signs and systems.